Covington urges people to apply for home-heating assistance program

State LIHEAP program extended through mid-May

WILKINSBURG, May 5 – State Rep. Martell Covington today reminded people that support from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program is still available. The LIHEAP season has also been extended by two weeks, from May 6 to May 20, allowing additional households the opportunity to apply for LIHEAP cash and LIHEAP crisis benefits.

“With the cold weather lingering into spring, I want to make sure that folks in our community know that these important state programs are available to help with home heating costs, water bills or emergency repairs,” Covington said. “If people aren’t sure if they qualify or need help applying, I’m also urging them to contact my office -- we’re here to help!”

The minimum cash grant for LIHEAP is $500, and the maximum cash grant is $1,500. Those who need the LIHEAP crisis grant -- the benefit for people who meet the income limits and are in jeopardy of having their heating utility service terminated or have less than two weeks’ worth of fuel -- can receive a maximum grant of $1,200 The income limit for the program is 150% of the Federal Poverty Limit. For a household of four, this would be $39,750 gross income per year.

The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program helps Pennsylvanians with low incomes maintain access to drinking and wastewater services. Assistance is available for families that have past-due water bills, have had their service terminated, or received a notice indicating that their service will be terminated in the next 60 days.

Information and an application for LIHEAP is available online. LIHWAP information and applications are also available online. People can also visit www.RepCovington.com for information on these and other state services and get information on how to apply by contacting Covington’s office.